The camera operator of this film is fascinated with three things,... flags, statues, and water features. Hardly a shot goes by without at least one of them. Even when shooting the women or flowers, they are just a fore ground to one of the three. It finally gets to the point that he has shot flowers with no water for just a moment or two and he feels the need to shoot an elderly man getting a drink in the garden. Too bad he wasn't as obsessive about cleaning the lint off of his camera's lens.
At the other end of the spectrum,... if you want to see the flags, statues, and fountains this is the film for you.
December 5, 2005 Subject:
Take THAT Mr. Medicus!
While I normally dont comment on other peoples reviews, I have to warmly disagree with the other reviewer who stated to avoid this film as the Medicuss was a lot more indepth. While noone could argue with that, I actually liked this one as it gave us some more views, not exactly the same ones! Of the great fair. In this, we visit the Belgium, Romania, Italy, the World Nations, Sweden, (whoa, giant hobby horse there!), Norway, Britain, The US, Italy, (yes! More fountain shots!) Netherlands, France, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Japan, and Turkey, (great exhibit by the way). Some of these I KNOQ Medicus didnt get to, so thats important. We get some GREAT alternate shots of the uh.. big whatchamacalit that was the fairs symbol. People going in! People going out1 We also see those AWESOME pedestrian overpasses. I wonder if people jumped from the,m. We also see the pavilion, forgot who it is from,, I think its some government agaency, with that massive waterfall. We also get shots of various fountains and sculptures, some which, yes, were skipped over in Mr Medicuss reels. We also see some of the animals in the fair (!!), Finally, the whole thing ends (just like Medicus did), with too much emphasis on the gardens in the fair. YAWN. I should point out, that the fair is just PACKED with people. It wasnt that busy is the Medicus reels, probably because Medicus shot his film at the tail end of the fair.